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- April 7, 2021 at 8:36 pm #616286AnonymousInactive
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hi please could you explain what standard deviation and what it has to do with a table and graph.

Can you please explain the following question in the acca mock

The results of a chemistry examination are normally distributed with a mean score of 56 and a standard deviation of 12.

What is the percentage probability that a student will score more than 80?

thanks in advance

April 8, 2021 at 9:08 am #616329I explain all of this in my free lectures on Chapters 23 of our free lecture notes.

Please watch the lectures and you should then find this question very easy. (If not then obviously ask again 🙂 )

April 8, 2021 at 10:33 am #616348hi

thanks for your reply… but i did watch your lecture and didnt understand so please can you explain in writing?

thanks

April 8, 2021 at 3:29 pm #616463We know that there is a 50% chance of being more than the mean of 56.

We can find the probability of being between the mean and 80, but looking it up from the tables for a z score of (80 – 56) / 12 = 2.00

The probability of being more than 80 is 50% less the figure from the tables.

April 8, 2021 at 8:31 pm #616496thanks for that but what does that have to do with a graph as i see in your lecture?

April 9, 2021 at 7:48 am #616538If you watch the lecture carefully you will see that a quick sketch graph is useful in sorting out what is being asked for. Obviously you cannot be asked to draw a graph in the exam, it is only a quick sketch anyway, and if the situation is immediately obvious from the question then you don’t need to do it anyway.

April 25, 2021 at 9:27 pm #618846thanks..

can you please explain the multiple formulas to standard deviation????

thanks

April 26, 2021 at 7:06 am #618863Multiple formulas are not needed for the exam.

The only formulae you need are those that I show in my lecture.

April 28, 2021 at 3:53 pm #619095thanks….

just one more thing…. what does standard deviation have to do with variance and get a standard deviation by rooting the variance?

thanks in advance

April 29, 2021 at 7:34 am #619142The variance is a measure of spread. The standard deviation is the square root of the variance – we take the square root so as for it to be in the same units as the original distribution.

I do explain this in my free lectures.

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